This was written to me recently
“I am not one who fears the end of life. I think when it comes it will be a relief. Can finally rest.”
A number of suicidal people, possibly a significant number, have a post suicide fantasy that involves magical thinking. They think and operate like after death they will have some level of consciousness. This quote gives an example of that. One can only feel relief and rest if they are conscious at some level. If there is no consciousness then one can not experience the feelings.
Of course once one is dead there is no consciousness, there is nothing and hence those feelings cannot be experienced. It seems pertinent that one should seek out to find if there is a post suicide fantasy in the client. If there is, then one needs to expose the magical thinking such as in this diagram.
This can also be particularly true in Samsonic suicides when the death is seen as a way of achieving vengeance on some one else.
Others have noted this before,
“The suicidal person expects and understands that his body will die but the person can imagine there is another part of himself that can continue to live in a conscious body-less state that is unaffected by the physical death of the body.”
Indeed Harry Boyd says, “My impression is that the suicidal patient does not, on the Child level, really conceive of his death as terminal.”
If there is a post suicide fantasy like above then that would be seen as increased suicide risk factor. The therapist needs to address it in some way, essentially to decontaminate the Adult and the magical thinking.